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Subbuteo Parramatta – February 2018 WASPA

feb 15 2018 bSubbuteo Parramatta’s February WASPA tournament saw 4 of the club’s stalwarts head to the clubhouse at Bella Vista to battle out a very tight competition. Richard Wilson immediately put himself in the bad books by loudly declaring that this would be his first tournament officially as an Illawarra Table Football Club player – he had abandoned the club that had given him so much in getting him back into the game. On top of this, he was also getting his board, long stored at the clubhouse, and taking it home to Kiama at the end of the night. Not a good way to get onside with his opponents.

The first round of games saw Mat Barrie completely dominate Dave Sultana only to find that the woodwork was harder to beat than Dave’s ‘keeper. In the end, the woodwork proved to be the winner, a 0-0 scoreline ensuing. On the Extreme pitch, Adrian Elmer was in unfamiliar territory, dominating his opponent, Richard, instead of spending much of the game defending, as is his usual game plan. A number of half chances were easily batted away by Richard’s ‘keeper until, 20 seconds before the half time break, Richard made a swift counter attack and, with his first shot on goal of the game, went 1-0 up. Adrian equalised early in the second, before Richard took a decisive lead with a couple of minutes to go with a mishit shot that trickled inside the far post beyond Adrian’s stagnant ‘keeper. 2-1 to Richard.

Round two saw a couple of dour struggles. Adrian and Dave did their best to not upset the other’s ‘keeper in any way and finished at 0-0. Richard went to the half time break 1-0 up in his match against Mat though, again, had been dominated by his opponent. Mat got the equaliser he was looking for in the second half and the game finished at 1-1.

Going into the final round, everything was still to play for. A win to Richard would see him take the title and, with his opponent, Dave, yet to register a goal, was the clear favourite. Mat needed a big win and results to go his way on the other pitch and started strongly against Adrian. However, late in the half, an intricate dribbling sequence by Adrian’s attackers through Mat’s defence saw Adrian slip a goal past Mat’s stunned ‘keeper. Mat came out more determined in the second half and piled on some pressure, the game opening up. However, with time ticking away, things were slipping out of Mat’s hands. With 20 seconds to go in the game, Mat earned a flick in deep in his own area and mounted a quick attack. However, a rule debate saw the clock stopped and a deep discussion amongst the four players ensuing. In the end, the decision was made to replay the scenario with the time reinstalled. Mat took off – but forgot to touch the ball with his second flick. Adrian swiftly moved forward, got into the shooting area in one sweeping movement and put the ball in Mat’s goal with the final action of the game. On the Astrobase pitch, a tense struggle took place between Richard and Dave, with neither player being able to get on top in the first half. In the second half, though, the unbelievable happened – Dave finally bothering the scorer! He held on for a famous victory, throwing the entire points table into chaos. When the dust settled, all realised that Dave had emerged as the tournament victor. All that was left was to work out the minor placings. Adrian was in second place on goal difference, but a heated debate ensued as Richard argued the head to head result between equal players should be used, which would give him the second placing. As voices were raised, Richard stormed out with his board on his back and drove home to Kiama. Meanwhile, Dave went home satisfied – his pre tournament goal of finishing ahead of Mat achieved.

Subbuteo Parramatta’s next club meeting will be on Thursday March 1, with the next WASPA tournament on Thursday, March 15, both at Good Games Bella Vista.

(note: some events in this report may be exaggerated for dramatic effect)

Richard 2-1 Adrian
Mat 0-0 Dave

Adrian 0-0 Dave
Richard 1-1 Mat

Mat 0-2 Adrian
Dave 1-0 Richard

…………..P   W   D   L  GF  GA  P
Dave      3   1     2   0   1    0    5
Richard 3   1     1   1   3    3    4
Adrian   3   1     1   1   3    2    4
Mat        3   0     2   1   1    2    2

Sydney TFC FISTF Satellite Tournament

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Sydney TFC will be the proud hosts of a FISTF Satellite Tournament in April of this year. Held on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of April, there will be a teams event on Saturday and Individual events on Sunday. Cost is $30 for each day of play. For more info, contact Fabrizio Coco at fabcoco92@gmail.com. Register for the tournament using the form below.

Kennedy claims latest in Sausage Series!!

Amidst the smell of biltong (South African jerky), boerewors (‘farmer’s sausage’), Babotie (Cape Town Malay curried rice) and a host of other South African dishes, the inaugural “Boerewors Cup” was played on Friday night, the 2nd installment of the unofficial Northern Falcons’ “Sausage Series”.

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The mini-tournament consisted of 6 players split into 2 groups of 3, with semi-finals and a final. Group A consisted of Hermann, Neil and Steve, whilst Eliot was with the two juniors, Oli and Jonty, in Group B.

Group A got off to an uneventful start with Neil and Steve playing out a goalless draw. Hermann and Steve then played out a 1-1 draw, meaning all 3 spots were up for grabs in the final game. Hermann however, stepped up a gear to put 4 goals past Neil to secure top spot in the group, and qualification for the semis along with Steve.

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Group B started with Elliot, who by his own admission wasn’t at the top of his game, grinding out a 2-0 win against Oli with a goal 5 seconds from the end securing the result. In the rematch of last month’s Asian Cup junior semi, Oli dominated possession, but was unable to put a goal past Jonty, who was also unable to convert any of his few counters, with the game ending in the night’s second goalless draw. The final game saw Jonty against Eliot. Eliot (perhaps feeling the effects of a couple of glasses of wine), struggled to break through in the first half, but found the net in the second, 1-0 the final score. This meant that Elliot’s late goal against Oli saw Jonty progress on goal difference.

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The semis saw Eliot defeat Steve in tense affair 1-0, with both players having their fair share of chances. Meanwhile on the other table, Hermann struck every square inch of the bar and post, but was unable to get the ball into the back of the net, the match headed to dreaded shots. Jonty took the lead early, Hermann hit the bar (once again), and the win was secured with a driven shot across the goal, meaning Jonty had qualified for his first WASPA final, without scoring a single goal in regulation time!!!

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Eliot grabbed an early goal in the final, and from then on, it was all one-way traffic. Eliot’s experience shone through as he put 5 past a hapless Jonty, claiming a resounding 5-0 victory, and in the process winning the 1st ever ‘Boerewors Cup’.

Thanks to everyone for making the night such an enjoyable one, and hopefully nights such as this one aren’t just a one-off.

report by Jonty Brener

Group a:
Neil v Steve 0-0
Hermann v Steve 1-1
Herman v Neil 4-0

Group B:
Eliot v Oli 2-0
Oli v Jonty 0-0
Eliot v Jonty 1-0

Semis:
Eliot v Steve 1-0
Jonty v Hermann 0-0 (2-1 shots)

Final:
Eliot v Jonty 5-0

Carabillo sensationally claims top spot in new No.1 in Asian World Rankings from FISTF

Hong Kong’s Antonio Carabillo has sensationally captured the Number 1 ranking in Asia after his appearance in the final of the Asian Cup in Melbourne in January.

Antonio Carabillo (HKG)

Antonio Carabillo (HKG)

Despite losing 2-0 to Melbourne TFC’s Carl Young, Antonio leapt to the top of the Asian rankings courtesy of his previous place of #77 on the world rankings.
Carl meanwhile jumped 101 places into 34th on the world list, placing him 3rd in Asia and the top Aussie, ahead of clubmate Peter Thomas.

Carl Young (Melbourne TFC)

Carl Young (Melbourne TFC)

Singapore’s Anas Rahamat of Jurong Central dropped to second in Asia.
There were a swathe of Asian players who had significant world ranking jumps, as can be seen in the world and ranking lists listed below.
Melbourne TFC grabbed top spot on the Asian club rankings, with Sydney TFC moving into 4th place.

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

In the U19 category, Northern Falcons TFC’s Oliver Ollnow added top place in the Asian rankings to his victory in the U19 category at the Asian Cup, replacing Singapore’s Giovanni Choong.

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

With changes to theU15 and U12 category groups, and the Asian players moving into the U19 categories, there was not as much movement there.
In the Ladies category, Northern Phoenix’s Beth Eveligh gained some consolation for losing the Ladies’ final in Melbourne by grabbing the #1 ranking in Asia.

Players in the Ladies Category

Players in the Ladies Category – Beth Eveleigh (Northern Phoenix in yellow).

All rankings are here:

FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – Ladies ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – Open ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – Team ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – U19 ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – U15 ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – U12 ASIA
FISTF Rankings Jan 2018 movement – Vets ASIA

WASPA Rankings – Feb 2018

The latest WASPA rankings are in and Western Flickers’ Benny Ng heads up the list of Australian players, while also holding an impressive Number 5 ranking world wide. There is daylight between he and the next placed Fabrizio Coco of Sydney TFC. An impressive 126 players fill up the Australian list.

In the 2017/18 season rankings, based on results since September 1, 2017, Benny goes even better, ranked Number 1 in the world which, obviously, easily ranks him as Number 1 in Australia, with more than double the points of his nearest rival, Adrian Elmer of Subbuteo Parramatta. 78 Australian players have competed in WASPA tournaments this season.

For the full Australian WASPA Rankings, click here

Asian Cup 2018 Tournament Report

By Luke Radziminski

It took the organising committee months of preparation and 5 full days of labour work, but it was all worth it as Australia’s biggest ever Table Football Tournament was staged successfully last weekend in Melbourne.

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A True Asian Cup

The 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football was the 4th edition of the region’s premier tournament where players from the CASTFA (Confederation of Asian Sports Table Football Associations) nations descended on Melbourne to be crowned Asia’s best player, club and nation respectively.

First held in 2015, the tournament has since travelled to Singapore in 2016 and Japan in 2017, but returned to Melbourne this year with the added benefit of being classified as a FISTF ‘continental championship’. This meant the tournament was only available to players who are members of CASTFA nations and allowed for a true ‘Asian Cup’ to be played.

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The Buildup

Warm ups and player meet and greet commenced on Wednesday the 17th of January at our venue – Lakeside Futsal, home to South Melbourne Football Club which is inside their footballing venue, Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. Antonio Carabillo and Herman Kruse from Sydney, with son Oliver arrived on the night to have warm up games and had the added benefit of being able to check out the soccer stadium which was hosting a pre-season friendly that night.

Benny of Singapore takes on Antonio from Hong Kong in a pre-tournament friendly

Benny of Singapore takes on Antonio from Hong Kong in a pre-tournament friendly

Thursday the 18th saw a WASPA tournament as a warm up session to the weekend. The tournament was held in the Swiss format with Open and Junior categories. There was a great turnout of eager players, with 18 in the Open and 6 juniors. Four rounds were played in each competition, with two later arrivals joining in after round one of the Open category. From the offset the large contingent of travelling players from overseas and interstate impressed the locals, dominating the top half of the table. However, in somewhat of an upset it was Melbourne’s own Luke Radziminski who took out the event after a series of impressive results. The next seven spots were somewhat more predictable, with all spots taken up by players seeded for Saturday’s Open event based on their FISTF world rankings.

The players eagerly await the start of the Thursday Night WASPA

The players eagerly await the start of the Thursday Night WASPA

In the junior category it was Oliver Ollnow who came out on top of proceedings. He was the only player undefeated, and finished with an impressive 10 goals from his 4 games to build his confidence going into the weekend. Torban Pfister took out second place on goal difference from Gabriel Lombardi. The Wright siblings, Billy and Charlotte were close behind with young Taylor Lombardi having some fun too making up the field.

Melbourne's Luke Radziminski was a shock winner in the Thursday Night WASPA

Melbourne’s Luke Radziminski was a shock winner in the Thursday Night WASPA

Friday the 19th saw the bulk of the players arrive at the venue to play friendly matches before everyone enjoyed the opening ceremony and tournament draw at the 1959 Bar and Grill.

Players enjoying dinner at the Opening Ceremony

Players enjoying dinner at the Opening Ceremony

64 Players battle it out across 3 Individual Categories

Saturday the 20th of January commenced at 8:30am with group games of both the Open Category and Juniors, followed by the women’s category. It was a test of mental strength and fatigue management as the whole Saturday tournament was scheduled to finish just after 6pm. The group games (of 4 players in each) were constructed for the top 2 to go through and the bottom two to qualify for a straight knockout WASPA tournament as consolation. The first half of the qualified players go straight into the round of 16, while the second half, due to the uneven amount of player entry, were qualified into the barrage rounds in order to reach the last 16.

Action in the Individual Event

Action in the Individual Event

The U19 Category had an impressive 16 entrants and it was Oliver Ollnow of the Northern Falcons who took the win, defeating Alex Briffa of the Western Flickers 4-0 in the Final.

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

Oliver Ollnow (Left) took out the Junior Title

Kimi Wada of Japan won the ladies category title defeating Beth Eveleigh of the Northern Phoenix in the final via a penalty shootout after the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Players in the Ladies Category

Players in the Ladies Category

The consolation plate WASPA tournament for players eliminated in the group stage was won by Benny Ng who took a 3-1 win over Adrian Elmer in the final who flew from Parramatta.

Benny Ng won the Plate Title

Benny Ng won the Plate Title

The tournament itself has set the bar for future events as the Melbourne committee were able to work with South Melbourne’s media team to live stream the finals from all categories and provide commentary and both days. With table football being in such a small market it achieved to reach over 10,000 viewers in the Open Grand Final as they witnessed Carl Young of Melbourne take out the title with a score line 2-0 over Antonio Carabillo of Hong Kong. These live streams can be replayed on Subbuteo Australia’s Facebook page and can be found on Youtube as well.

Historic Juniors Event

On the Sunday we were able to stage the first Junior teams competition to be played in Australia. Western Flickers TFC were the winners after securing a draw with the Northern Falcons thanks to a last minute goal from Harrison Briffa.

Junior Champions: Western Flickers TFC

Junior Champions: Western Flickers TFC

Melbourne TFC become Champions of Asia

3 years ago, Melbourne TFC were defeated in the first ever Asian Cup Teams Final, but this time the boys in Red were able to take the title on home soil.

The team event final saw Melbourne TFC go up against Sydney TFC in the final, a repeat from the first round in the group stages where MTFC won 3-1. The second time round, the fixtures between the four games were shuffled except for Carl Young v Daniel Lombard however this did not play out in Sydney’s advantage and after extremely tight games across three of the four games, MTFC came out the victors 3-0.

The final results were:

Melbourne Table Football Club 3-0 Sydney Table Football Club

Carl Young 1-0 Daniel Lombard

Benji Batten 0-0 Fabrizio Coco

Luke Radziminski 2-1 Raffaele Lombard

Peter Thomas 7-1 Tony Credentino

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

Melbourne TFC: Team Champions of Asia

Heartbreak for Australia as Singapore claim historic four-peat

The main event of Sunday evening saw Australia play against Singapore in a title decider for the international Asian Cup fixture after both nations comfortably defeated Japan 4-0 each. The fatigue was evidently shown in all 8 players when it came down to their final match of the event as the games were very tightly played, some had rare opportunities at goal and others struggled to shoot on target. Anas Rahamat, Asian current number 1 player, took a shock lead over the more experienced Peter Thomas in the first half, and held on to the one goal margin until full time. Robert Green of Australia managed to defeat Bernard Lim 2-1 and Rudy Hesty of Singapore managed to edge Raffaele Lombard 2-1 as well.

Australia takes on Japan

Australia takes on Japan

In the fourth game Carl Young was leading 1-0 however Den Mulia managed to score ‘that goal’ as others have dubbed it, equalising late in the second half which ultimately swung in favour of Singapore and the overall score ended 2-1. Singapore were crowned the champions of Asia for the fourth consecutive year.

Singapore: Asian Cup winners for the 4th time in a row

Singapore: Asian Cup winners for the 4th time in a row

Australia 1-2 Singapore

Peter Thomas 0-1 Anas Rahamat

Carl Young 1-1 Den Mulia Yusni

Raffaele Lombardi 1-2 Rudy Hesty Roslan

Robert Green 2-1 Bernard Lim

A truly memorable weekend

As the tournament had come to a close, I, Luke Radziminski, President of Melbourne Table Football Club, would like to extend my appreciation to all the players that have travelled the borders and to those who have come from Singapore and Japan. As we all know there is no prize money involved in this small game and we all have given up our weekends to participate purely for the experience of Subbuteo that is set to the highest standard and the comradery involved in this tight knit community.

I would also like to thank the Victorian Table Football Organising Committee for their contributions to making such a special and memorable event: Adam Deverell, Adrian Connolly, Anthony Madiona, Arjuna Hanafi, Ben Batten, Benny Ng, Beth Eveleigh, Christos Garagounis, Paul Mercer, Simon Briffa, Steve Wright. In addition I would like to thank Skip and George from South Melbourne Football Club who allowed us to use their exceptional venue and provided exceptional support in staging this world class event.

Special Mention goes to Kevin Grant who exercised his carpentry profession to an outstanding level of professionalism and commitment into providing high quality playing boards and polishing desks for all players to use at the tournament and the time, patience and sacrifice, alongside Arjuna, into transporting 20 Boards to and from the venue over the week.

Melbourne TFC and Western Flickers TFC would like to thank all players who came to Melbourne for the tournament. We look forward to seeing you all at the various events around Australia in 2018 and at the 2019 Asian Cup in Singapore.

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Results of Individual events:
Results of Individuals tournaments

Results of Teams events (Club, Junior Club, National)

Teams

2018 Sydney Cup

sydney premier league2018 sees the launch of a brand new competition for table footballers based in Sydney (or who will be in Sydney very regularly through the year). In an Australian first, the Sydney Cup will run right across the year as a stand alone, knockout tournament, for all players of all clubs as well as those without club affiliation.

The tournament will be conducted as a ‘double-elimination’ tournament, meaning that players are not knocked out until they lose for a second time. All rounds and games will be completely unseeded. Each round will be allotted a period of time to be completed and it will be up to players to contact their opponent and organise a suitable time to play before each round deadline. For full tournament rules, before entering, please read through the entire
tournament guidelines document pdf file here.

Entry is completely free, just fill in the form below to become part of the action. Entries close at midnight on Friday, Feb 9 and the first round of games will take place throughout February.

Landmark Video Coverage for the 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football

This weekend, Asia’s biggest Table Football tournament is taking place in Melbourne, Australia with 65 players set to compete over 3 individual categories in addition to Club and National team matches.

The event is part of the Federation of International Sports Table Football (FISTF) world tour and holds the status of a ‘continental championship’ which offers the highest ranking points outside of the World Cup.

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This event is set to take the organisation of Table Football events to another level and its media coverage will be no different. For the first time, matches will be professionally live streamed through facebook live on the Subbuteo Australia facebook page.

Live video will commence on Friday Night with the Tournament draw taking place at 9:30PM AEDT.

Match streaming will begin at approximately 10am each day and will cover a feature match each session building up to the final matches on each day which will feature live commentary from the venue in addition to a scoreboard and time clock.

The Tournament Venue

The Tournament Venue

In addition to live streaming, you can follow all the results through this link: https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=8F15AFC973B4AB3C!105&ithint=file%2cxlsx&app=Excel&authkey=!AOJYjqZb_MuVU7Y

The document will be updated as results are entered so you can keep up to date with the action as it happens!

MATCH SCHEDULE FOR STREAMING

All matches streamed live at: www.facebook.com/SubbuteoAustralia

All times in AEDT

Friday 19 January

9:30pm: Tournament Draw

Saturday 20 January

10:00am onwards: select matches

4:15pm: U19 and Ladies Final

7:15pm: Open Final

Sunday 21 January

10:00am onwards: select matches

2:15pm: Club Teams Final

3:30pm: Japan vs Australia

4:30pm: Singapore vs Japan

5:30pm: Australia vs Singapore

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Official Asian Cup Song Launched

shooter ready coverSHOOTER READY – KEEPER READY – SHOOT!
by Subbuteo All-Stars

Ricky Martin, Shakira, Pitt Bull, Santana, Il Divo, Lonnie Donegan, Placido Domingo, Anastacia, New Order, The Spice Girls, Dizee Rascal, Freddie Mercury, Del Amitri, The Pogues…

Add Subbuteo All-Stars to that list of luminaries who have contributed official songs for teams and tournaments over the decades. The Asian Cup of Table Football is heading to Melbourne, Australia in 2018 and Subbuteo All-Stars have got the music to keep you pumped. With a starring cameo from Australian Subbuteo legend (and current FISTF President), Steve Dettre, ‘Shooter Ready – Keeper Ready – Shoot!’ will drill its way into your head and lodge itself there for you to hum and whistle to your heart’s desire.

Though they have created a catchy, modern pop classic, Subbuteo All-Stars understand that not all table footballers were born this millennium, so to cater to some of the range of players and fans of all ages, they’ve also reworked the song into an 80s synth-pop anthem, an early 90s acid house banger and a brooding 2010s trap track. Rumours of black metal and Eurovision entrant versions remain just that at this stage, but who knows what the future may hold?

Download your copy of the single with all the remixes for free (or make a donation), stream them, pass them on to friends but, most of all, make sure you sing along as you head to Melbourne to pit yourself against Asia’s best over the Subbuteo pitches.

(please remember – laptop and phone speakers are not proper sound systems. plug into a proper sound system, turn up the bass and play it loud!)

Anas tops the year as the Asian Cup approaches!

Singapore’s Anas Rahamat capped a fantastic 2017 by ending the year as Asia’s No.1 player, edging Jurong clubmate Rudy Hesty into second place.

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Anas rose a remarkable 11 places since last December, though at the top of the table his performance was outshone by Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco who has moved 30 places over the course of the year.
The world and Asian rankings mean the following players will be the likely seeds at the Asian Cup in Melbourne, assuming 48 players:
1 Anas RAHAMAT Jurong Central SC
2 Rudy Hesty ROSLAN Jurong Central SC
3 Bernard LIM Singapore Lions SC
4 Peter THOMAS Melbourne TFC
5 Fabrizio COCO Sydney TFC
6 Benji BATTEN Melbourne TFC
7 Den Mulia YUSNI Singapore Lions SC
8 Antonio CARABILLO Dragons Hong Kong
9 Raffaele LOMBARDI Sydney TFC
10 Eliot KENNEDY Northern Falcons TFC
11 Vikas K CHANDIRAMANI Jurong Central SC
12 Kenzo KOI Yokohama OSC

If we reach the target of 50 players, then Robert Green will edge into 13th seed.
There are 133 Asian players in the world rankings, the same as last December. A total of 26 players dropped out of the rankings, but we gained 26 new players. Our collective aim is to entice those dropouts back into action!!!

Jurong Central finished the year as No1 in the team’s category, pipping Singapore Lions who had dominated the season.
It will be a huge teams event in Melbourne, with Jurong and Lions bringing their top teams, but Melbourne and Western Flickers, along with Sydney TC and Northern Falcons having extremely competitive outfits.

Full rankings are listed here.

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Open ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Ladies ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – U12 ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – U15 ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – u19 ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Vets ASIA

FISTF Rankings Dec 2017 movement – Teams ASIA